Roma Boss Luciano Spalletti Hails Julio Cruz, But Lazio Edge Closer To The Striker

The Giallorossi tactician would welcome ‘El Jardinero’ with open arms, but their city rivals are back in the race.
The first Derby della Capitale is being played in the transfer market this summer as Roma and Lazio are both vying for the services of free agent hitman Julio Cruz.

The Argentine has yet to make a decision about his future destination after his contract with Italian champions Inter expired at the end of June. He is now flirting with the two Eternal City clubs after both Fiorentina and Napoli pulled out of the running to sign him.

“Cruz is strong and complete, we are interested,” Roma coach Luciano Spalletti admitted during yesterday’s press conference.

“But we have to keep our figures in check. If he is within [our budget], it’s okay, otherwise it’s not going to happen.”

But just when Cruz seemed on the verge of accepting the Lupi’s offer, it has now emerged that Lazio have launched a fresh assault.

The Corriere dello Sport reports this morning that Biancocelesti president Claudio Lotito has offered the 34-year-old a two-year contract worth €2 million-per-season, surpassing Roma’s proposal of a one-year deal.

It is suggested that Cruz could sign on the dotted line today, in time to make Lazio’s squad for the Supercoppa Italiana clash against Inter in Beijing.

Vince Masiello,